Performance

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

— Matthew 11:28-30

The result of burdensome weariness is an unhealthy yoke to something. We have to be careful that we don’t get yoked to the wrong thing. When Christ extended the invitation to be yoked to Him it’s because He knew that life would have moments of exhaustion that can be avoided.

The reason it’s so important to understand this as creative people is that we will inevitably spend a life standing against the pressure to perform. It’s such a dangerous place to be in when you do things because you think it’s what others are expecting of you. It’s the opposite of the world because the world’s mandate is that you must perform in order to be rewarded. Life in Christ is not like that. That kind of life is the result of seeking the attention of men but the reality is that God is the one who should be weighing our heart, not man.

God has designed each one of us to shine within our capacity. When you embrace your limitations and aren't discouraged by them but rather thankful for them, you’re more likely to maximise your potential within the game you’ve been drafted for. It’s in that place that you’ll shine and in fact shine brighter than the others who refuse to accept their calling and gifting and continue to try and appease their insecurities by striving to perform in a way that they haven’t been wired for.